John S. Wine Reviews



 

 

2006 - Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

Mar 19, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Deep ruby , with a slightly lighter rim.  The nose has a plethora of red and black fruits including raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, and black cherry.  The fruit notes are balanced nicely by the complex earth and spice driven components like licorice, rhubarb, forest floor, and floral notes.  This wine has a elegant mouth-feel and a long complex finish that lingers pleasantly for 45+ seconds.  This wine shows tremendous depth and provides great pleasure now but will age for at least 8-10 years.  Whether you enjoy Burgundy or California Pinot this is one that is sure to please both palates!
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2006 - Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosado (Rose) Tempranillo

Ridiculous Value Rose

Mar 06, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an absolutely stunning value rose from Spain.  This has a beautiful pinkish hue and an incredibly aromatic nose.  Watermelon, strawberries, white peach, and a soft floral note all play well together.  On the palate crisp, clean, and fresh, with great acidity and rich minerality.  This is a perfect wine for the Spring and Summer months ahead.  It is an excellent apertif wine and will go great with grilled foods.  I swear if I was served this in a black glass that it was a red wine; it has that much complexity!
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2003 - Quinault l'Enclos  Bordeaux Blend

Easy drinking Modern Styled Right Banker

Feb 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a very modern style Bordeaux that is very dark ruby in color with a slightly lighter rusty colored rim.  The nose is very expressive showing cedar, tobacco, black cherry, and baking spices.  Once in the mouth the wine shows lots of structure hinting it is capable of lasting for many more years.  Full bodied, with coffee notes, dark black fruits and a mouth-full of big smooth tanins. 
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2007 - Melville Syrah Estate Verna's Syrah

Killer Cali Value Syrah

Feb 20, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I am a big syrah fan and this wine did not disappoint especially for the price.  This wine has a dark ruby color that is almost purple.  The nose is loaded with pure ripe black fruits, almost like smelling a basket of fresh blackberries in the summertime.  This wine is clearly very young and will definitely get better with a bit of age.  On the palate blackberry, raspberry, bacon, and herbs. The wine coats your mouth and has ripe, sweet tanins.  If you are a fan of Saxum and big reds like that this will surely please.
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2006 - Copain Wines Syrah L'Hiver Syrah

Beautiful Cool Climate Cali Syrah Value!

Feb 20, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has a deep, dark ruby color and a slightly lighter ruby rim.  On the nose subtle notes of of blackberry, casis, lavender, pine and licorice.  Once in the mouth bright black fruits, a bit of bananna, a stony, rocky component and a slight touch of oak This has a medium plus to long finish that is clean and pure.  A great value from a consistent producer.
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2006 - Eyrie Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

A great Oregon Pinot from a classic producer

Jan 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
If you love Pinot Noir this is a wine for you.  This is elegant and classy, definitely not over extracted and well made.  This is not a blockbuster by any means and that is why I like it.  On the nose I get notes of Watermelon, Pomegranite, Sage, and Menthol. I really like this wine.
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2007 - Bodegas Ateca Atteca Grenache

Great Spanish Value

Jan 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I was very impressed by this wine. If you like Big, Bold, Spanish grenache this wine is an unbelieveable value.  A deep, dark purple wine, with a magenta rim.  Loads of dark black fruits, blackberry, raspberry, casis, and strawberry. A good dose of toasty oak and smooth tanins make this an easy wine to drink.
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2008 - Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Chenin Blanc

Jan 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
A pretty wine with nice floral notes, bright stone fruits, and crisp minerality.  This is a clean and refreshing wine I get notes of Peaches, Apples, and Pear. This had great acidity!
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2007 - Neyers Syrah Old Lakeville Road Syrah

Jan 16, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very Dark Purple almost inky in color.  A very pretty nose of Blackberry, Violet, Blueberry, and Lavender.  This wine is very young and looks like it has the potential to age well based on the wines acidity.  On the palate copius amounts of black fruits and a nice smoky, meaty, character.Nice!
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2007 - Rudd Estate Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Unique CA Sauvignon Blanc

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine fooled me as when I tasted it blind I would have never guessed this to be Sauvignon Blanc.  On the nose I get a lot of Banana, Pear, Green Apple, and Cinnamon.  There is also some nice rocky minerality, and a touch of new oak.  This was obviously fermented  aged in new oak barrels for at some point in its life.  This is a big, rich SB but still has some decent acidity. Good, but not great. If you are looking for a Rombauer alternative this would be right up your alley!
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2007 - Cliff Lede  Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Classy Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Jan 08, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
A classic Sauvignon Blanc from a consistent producer in Napa.  This wine has a brilliant pale straw color.  The nose has a pleasant grassy, gooseberry, lemon oil notes.  On the palate bright citrus fruits including grapefruit and tangerine.  This wine finishs very clean with plenty of acidity and a crisp finish.  Reminds me very much of a top notch NZ SB.  91-92 points
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